RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — Governor Roy Cooper will address the ongoing response to Hurricane Ian in North Carolina during a live briefing at
You can watch the briefing live on ABC11, the ABC11 North Carolina app or in the media player above.
Earlier this week, Cooper declared a state of emergency in preparation for the storm’s arrival.
On Thursday afternoon, Cooper urged North Carolinians to pay close attention to the weather and take the necessary precautions as the remnants of Hurricane Ian approach the state.
“Hurricane Ian reminds us how unpredictable these storms can be, and North Carolinians should be prepared when it reaches our state,” Cooper said Thursday. “Heavy rain, up to seven inches in some areas, will likely bring some flooding. Landslides are a threat in our mountains and there is a risk of tornadoes across the country. Coastal flooding and wind gusts are likely as the storm passes through. This storm is still dangerous.”
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Cooper was joined by other state officials at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh.
“While this storm will lose strength as it reaches North Carolina, even tropical or subtropical storms with heavy rain and winds can cause serious damage and death in North Carolina. So we will be ready,” Cooper said.
Cooper urged people to have emergency kits ready, including battery-powered radios, bottled water, non-perishable food and extra medicine.
“Most importantly – don’t drive through the water on the roads. Many people have died in past storms when their vehicles were caught in floodwaters. We’re seeing people being rescued right now from cars in Florida. Don’t take the chance,” Cooper said.
RELATED: NCDOT advises motorists to stay off the roads, use caution through the weekend
“Always use generators outdoors and away from the home to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. This is the same for gas and charcoal grills. Never use them indoors as their fumes can be deadly. Do not try to charge your cell phone while driving the car in the garage . It also creates deadly carbon monoxide fumes,” said William Ray, director of North Carolina Emergency Management.
Meteorologists are closely monitoring Ian’s path, although they do not expect widespread disruptions or evacuations.
“The divisions have also taken inventory of items that they will need to repair pipes and bridges as needed. Our traffic safety units have been proactively tracking speeds on our northbound, southbound interstate routes since the beginning of this week. And at this time, it has not observed any issues with additional traffic coming from evacuations,” said Eric Boyette, NCDOT secretary.
With a state of emergency declared, the Price Fixing Act is in effect. Price gouging is when a business charges unreasonably high prices in the middle of a crisis, from gasoline to groceries to cleaning supplies. If you feel a business is engaging in price gouging, take a picture of your receipt and file a claim here or call (877) 5-NO-SCAM. If the Attorney General’s Office finds that a complaint is valid, a company can face fines of up to $5,000 for each violation.
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